Thursday, July 25, 2024

NHS boss appointed to new commissioning area

NHS South Essex Chief Executive, Andrew Pike, has been appointed as Local Area
Team Director to the new NHS Commissioning Board Authority (NHS CBA) in
Essex.

In the first round of appointments, 16 out of the 25 existing posts for Local Area
Team Director were appointed.

Andrew has more than 28 years of working in the NHS and has held a senior
management position in Essex since 1989. Andrew is currently Chief Executive of
NHS South Essex PCT Cluster.

The NHS Commissioning Board Special Health Authority (NHS CBA), plays a key
role in the Government’s vision to modernise the health service and secure the best
possible outcomes for patients.

Its role is to make all the necessary preparations for the successful establishment of
the NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) in October 2012 before it takes on full
statutory responsibilities in April 2013. As a preparatory body, the NHS
Commissioning Board Special Health Authority is responsible for designing the
proposed commissioning landscape and developing its business functions. This
includes agreeing the method for establishing, authorising and running Clinical
Commissioning Groups (CCGs) – which will be new clinically-led organisations at the
heart of the new system.

Katherine Kirk, Chair of NHS South Essex, said: “We are delighted by the news and
would like to congratulate Andrew.

“The strong links Andrew has with North and South Essex will provide a firm
foundation for his new leadership role. Clearly, he will need to start thinking about
the new role straightaway; however he will continue to give leadership to the south
Essex PCT cluster until its demise in 2013.”

The NHS Commissioning Board takes on its full statutory responsibilities in April
2013. In the meantime, all current NHS planning and delivery responsibilities remain
with the Department of Health, strategic health authorities and primary care trusts.
The next round of recruitment to the remaining director posts will take place shortly.

Ian Dalton, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive of the NHS
Commissioning Board Authority, said: “I am delighted that we have made these key
appointments to such important leadership posts. This puts us in a position to quickly
develop the local presence of the NHS Commissioning Board, building strong
relationships with our partners and communities to firmly focus on driving
improvement for our patients.”

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